November 16, 2010
We were excited to see Commissioner Fish on the cover of the Portland Chinese Times recently.
The headline reads "With the urging of the local Chinese community, the storage for the homeless has been moved to a new location. Commissioner Nick Fish fulfilled his promise, and respects the opinion of the local Chinese community."
The City of Portland, the Portland Business Alliance, and Central City Concern have formed an innovative partnership to provide day storage services to people experiencing homelessness. Helping people store their belongings in a safe place frees them to look for jobs, housing, or other services without being tethered down. It also offers a solution to concerns about the impacts of large carts or piles of personal belongings on sidewalks or in front of businesses.
The day storage site will operate until the Resource Access Center opens in the Summer of 2011 and provides this service on a permanent basis.
This pilot program offers storage every day of the week, is staffed by Clean and Safe employees, and is structured to provide a very valuable service while limiting the impact of the facility of neighbors and surrounding businesses.
We are very proud of this creative collaboration.